DisplayMate publishes full review of iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus cameras, gives new hardware top marks

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2016, 13:22
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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Every so often, Dr. Raymond Soneira tests a new display and/or camera system.

The man goes thoroughly bananas with his tests.

And this time he focused on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus displays and cameras, especially compares to the iPhone 6 and 6s cameras and displays.

His new review points out the following:

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Some iPhone 7 users report hissing sounds, no clear cause named as of yet

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2016, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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The iPhone 7 may, in fact, hiss at you.

A number of early iPhone 7 adopters have reported that both the regular iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus producing hissing sounds when they’re subjected to a heavy processor workload, such as a game. They continue to function, but it’s a bit disconcerting when most phones are virtually silent.

It’s currently unknown as to what’s causing the hissing sound and suspected causes include coil whine or similar electromagnetic effects.

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Samsung cites new, operational Note 7 stock by Wednesday, September 21st for most carriers, retailers

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2016, 05:02
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

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If you’re worried about the battery on your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catching fire, replacements are on the way.

On Friday, Samsung announced that along with a formal, CPSC-backed recall of the Galaxy Note 7 in the United States, the company provided an update on when its new, replacement Note 7s ( will reach retailers: they’ll be arriving by next week.

The company offered the following:

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Apple begins surveying users as to headphone jack, other port use on products

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Date: Friday, September 16th, 2016, 05:37
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, MacBook Pro, News, USB-C

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The 3.5 millimeter headphone jack on the Retina display MacBook Pro could be next on the chopping block.

A number of users have reported Apple asking “Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina display?”

There are several other reports on Twitter from users who have been asked similar questions about the headphone jack, suggesting Apple is exploring the removal of the headphone jack in a future version of the MacBook Pro. Apple has eliminated the headphone jack from the iPhone and may apply the change to other products.

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission institutes Samsung Galaxy Note7 recall

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Date: Friday, September 16th, 2016, 05:28
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

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As embarrassing as some of Apple’s battery-based snafus have been, the feds never announced a recall of these units.

On Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission officially announced a recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 smartphones following reports of the phone’s batteries exploding.

The program applies to devices purchased before September 15 — approximately 1 million of them, the CPSC said.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission offered the following comment:

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Apple sells out of iPhone 7 Plus, jet black iPhone 7 handsets, inventory to be limited in stores on launch day

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Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 10:42
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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If you’re looking to snag a jet black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus tomorrow, you might be out of luck already.

Apple has issued a statement citing that the iPhone 7 Plus, especially in its jet black color, would be in short supply for walk-in customers without a reservation.

The statement also indicates that Apple’s jet black iPhones and all iPhone 7 plus models in all colors have sold out completely in the initial online ordering period and that no inventory will be available.

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iOS 10 users can now send payments via Circle/iMessage collaboration

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Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 05:10
Category: Android, Finance, iOS, News, Software

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You can now make Circle-based payments via iMessage in iOS 10.

Apple has tied in with Circle, the social payments provider, and included iMessage-based functionality that allows payments to be quickly sent between users.

This allows the company to capitalize on its vision for more activity in social payments, which have taken off in China through the WeChat app. Circle chief executive Jeremy Allaire, who previously founded a number of successful ventures including online video platform Brightcove, says that after WeChat opened itself up for third-party developers to build apps on top of it, Wechat saw explosive growth as it added business services, utilities, payments and other services offered by third-party apps. Now, he says Apple is doing something similar with iMessage.

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Apple releases tvOS 10 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, 05:00
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

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This is nifty.

On Tuesday, Apple released tvOS, its newest operating system for the fourth-gen Apple TV. The update boasts new features such as YouTube Siri Search, a new dark mode, and a new single sign-on setup process.

Users can update via the following steps:

Launch Settings app

Navigate to System → Software Updates → Update Software

tvOS will search for an available update, follow the on-screen prompts to proceed

After you prompt your Apple TV to update to the latest version of tvOS, your Apple TV will show a progress indicator on your screen and likely reboot two times. You will likely see a What’s New splash screen highlighting new features after the installation is complete.

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Apple releases watchOS 3 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, 05:13
Category: Apple Watch, battery, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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It’s not as high profile a release as today’s launch of iOS 10, but it’s definitely still notable.

On Tuesday, Apple released watchOS 3. The update operating system include battery life enhancements, and speed improvements to the Apple Watch. A user’s favorite apps will be kept in memory, background updates will pre-cache data, and apps will launch instantly on the new OS.

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Apple releases iOS 10 update

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 12:08
Category: iOS, News, Software

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iOS 10 is out the door and it’s as hefty an update as we’ve seen in recent years. The update, which weighs in at 1.1 gigabytes if done over the air and 2.31 gigabytes if performed via iTunes, adds the following massive list of new features, fixes and changes:

Messages:
• Expressive Messaging
◦ Bubble effects let you send messages loudly, gently, slam or with invisible ink
◦ Full-screen effects to celebrate special moments
◦ Tapback for quick replies to messages, links, and photos
◦ Handwritten messages animate like ink on paper
◦ Digital Touch lets you send sketches, taps, and heartbeats 
◦ Tap to replace can emojify your text with just a tap
◦ Rich links show a preview of web pages you share
• iMessage apps
◦ New App Store for iMessage 
◦ Use the power of apps in Messages to share and collaborate with friends 
◦ Download stickers to send and place on text bubbles and photos

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